Monday, June 18, 2007

Remembering Vincent Chin

Starting tomorrow, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, in conjunction with a number of local organizations, will be hosting a series of events all across the country to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. Each event will feature a screening of the must-see documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, along with a panel discussion of local community leaders. Here's the schedule:

June 19, 6:30 PM
Museum of Chinese in the Americas, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, with appearances by John Liu (New York City Councilman), Liz Ouyang (Executive Vice President, OCA), and Darwin Davis (President and CEO, New York Urban League)

June 19, 6:00 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Family Center, 1213 52nd Street
Co-sponsored by the Asian Victims Relief Fund, with appearances by Dan Levy (Chief Legal Officer, Michigan Department of Civil Rights) Pravina Ramanathan (Asian American Liaison, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights), and Ingrid Scott-Weekly (Director, City of Grand Rapids Equal Opportunity Department)

June 20, 6:30 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 South Halsted Street
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, with appearances by Bill Yoshino (Midwest Director, JACL), Diana Lin (VP, Asian American Institute), Myron Quon (Legal Director, Asian American Institute), and Rima Kapitan (Staff Attorney, Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations)

June 23, 9:00 AM (ALL DAY)
Chinese Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Allstate Foundation, with co-sponsors the American Citizens for Justice, the Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. Organized as part of its Initiative on Hate Crimes, Detroit OCA has in addition to the film screening scheduled a series of panels and a visit to the grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Panelists will include Frank H. Wu (Dean, Wayne State Law School), Roland Hwang (President, ACJ), Stephanie Lily Chang (ACJ), and many more.

June 23, 10:30 AM
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G. Street
Co-sponsored by South Asian American Leaders for Tomorrow, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Sikh American Legal Education and Defense Fund, the University of Maryland's Asian American Studies Program, and the DC APA Film Festival, with appearances by Eric Byler (Director, Americanese and Charlotte Sometimes)
and Larry Shinagawa (Professor, University of Maryland)

June 23, 2:00 PM
665 Hancock Street
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Resource Workshop, the American Chinese Federation, and the Chinese Progressive Association

June 24, 2:00 PM
The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 Central Avenue
Co-sponsored by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, the South Asian Network, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, with appearances by Hamid Khan (Executive Director, South Asian Network), Stewart Kwoh (Executive Director, APALC), Robin Toma (Executive Director, LA County Human Relations Commission), and Renee Tajima (Director, Who Killed Vincent Chin?)

June 27, 6:30 PM
Chinese For Affirmative Action, 17 Walter U Lum Place
Co-sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society, with appearances by Honorable Yvonne Lee (Member of the SF Police Commission and former Commissioner of the President's Commission on Civil Rights), Malcolm Yeung (Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus), Kavneet Singh (Managing Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

July 14, 2:00 PM
Korman Communities Theater, 300 Seaforth Drive
Co-sponsored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals-North Carolina and the North Carolina Asian Pacific American Bar Association

If you live near one of the venues, please attend, and note that additional events in Salt Lake City, Portland, and Milwaukee are also on the horizon.

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